SACS Principles of Accreditation

Section III: COC Comprehensive Standards

3.2.2 The legal authority and operating control of the institution are clearly defined for the following areas within the institution's governance structure:

3.2.2.1 the institution's mission;

3.2.2.2 the fiscal stability of the institution;

3.2.2.3 Institutional policy, including policies concerning related and affiliated corporate entities and all auxiliary services;

3.2.2.4 related foundations (athletic, research, etc.) and other corporate entities whose primary purpose is to support the institution and/or its programs.



JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

Compliance.

NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE

3.2.2.1 Texas A&M International University is a component institution under The Texas A&M University System as provided by the Texas Education Code, Chapter 87, Subchapter F, Section 87.501 and thus under the System Board of Regents' management and control.

The Texas A&M International University Institutional Mission is as follows:

Texas A&M International University, a Member of The Texas A&M University System, is committed to the preparation of students for leadership roles in their chosen profession and in an increasingly complex, culturally diverse state, national, and global society. The University provides students with a learning environment anchored by the highest quality programs built on a solid academic foundation in the liberal arts and natural sciences. To fulfill its mission, the University offers baccalaureate and masters programs in the arts; humanities; business; education; physical, biological, and social sciences; and health professions, with authority for select doctoral programs. Programs focus on developing strong undergraduate and graduate offerings and a progressive agenda for global study and understanding across all disciplines.

Through instruction, faculty and student research, and public service, Texas A&M International University is a strategic point of delivery for well-defined programs and services that improve the quality of life for citizens of the border region, the State of Texas, and national and international communities.

The Institutional Mission for Texas A&M International University was considered by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents at its May 27-29, 1998 meeting.  The document was then submitted for approval to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board meeting on April 23, 1999.  The Institutional Mission and Table of Programs are currently under review.

3.2.2.2 The University’s legal authority is outlined in Vernon’s Texas Code Annotated, subchapter F. Texas A&M International University, Chapter 87.501. Establishment. The University is a Member of The Texas A&M University System, headquartered in College Station, Texas.(The Texas A&M University System Policy 02.04 Organizational Units of the System) Fiscal stability of the University is a shared responsibility of the System Board of Regents, The System Chancellor and the University President. (The Texas A&M University System Policy 02.01 1.4 Board of Regents) System financial policies and guidelines are designed to assure financial stability and compliance with laws of the State of Texas. The Financial Accounting Management Information System (FAMIS) is used to produce management reports which are reviewed by the system financial staff. The financial staff produce the System Executive Management Report on a quarterly basis, which is reviewed by the Board of Regents. These financial reports demonstrate compliance with the budget and document the fiscal stability of the University. Additionally, the Annual Financial Report, produced by the University, documents fiscal stability. (Business Office, Comptroller, Reports, Financial Reports)

Operating control of the University resides with the President, as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to beginning the annual budget process, the University President, with assistance from the Vice President for Finance and Administration, reviews the University programmatic needs with the Chancellor and the Board of Regents Finance Committee. The University prepares an annual budget which is subsequently reviewed and approved by the Board of Regents. Approval by the Board of Regents usually occurs at the July board meeting. (Certified Minute Order, Approval of Fiscal Year 2005 Operating Budgets)

With the assistance of the System Legislative Affairs team, the University President, the Chancellor, and the Board of Regents work closely with the legislature to obtain needed funding.

3.2.2.3 The University has no related or affiliated corporate entities. While the System policy provides guidelines to establish a foundation and booster clubs, the Unversity has not entered into these relationships.

Auxiliary services at the University furnish needed support to students, faculty and staff. All auxiliary services are operated as self supporting entities. The University has contracts with the following auxiliary services:

3.2.2.4 The University does not have any related foundations or any relationships with other corporate entities whose primary purpose is to support the institution and/or its programs.





SUPPORT DOCUMENTATION


SOURCE

LOCATION/Special Instructions

Texas Education Scope, Chapter 87, Subchapter F, Section 87.501

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/docs/ED/content/htm/
ed.003.00.000087.00.htm#87.501.00


Backup Link:

http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/statute-ed.003.00.000087.00.htm#87.501.00

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Meeting Minutes, May 27-29, 1998

http://tamusbor.tamu.edu/~minutes/regular/1990/1998-05-28.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
Minute Order 108-98 (Agenda Item 25), page 24 of 31.

Backup Link:

http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/bor/1998-05-28.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
Minute Order 108-98 (Agenda Item 25), page 24 of 31.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Agenda, April 23, 1999

http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/about/AgendaMinutes/ag0499.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
Agenda item III A, hard copy also available in the SACS Resource Room, KL 334

Backup Link:

http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/ag0499.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
Agenda item III A, hard copy also available in the SACS Resource Room, KL 334

Institutional Mission http://www.tamiu.edu/general.shtml#mission
Texas A&M International University Table of Programs http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/tamiu-top.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
Vernon’s Texas Code Annotated, subchapter F. Texas A&M International University, Chapter 87.501. Establishment http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/docs/ED/
content/htm/ed.003.00.000087.00.htm#87.501.00
The Texas A&M University System Policy 02.04 Organizational Units of the System http://sago.tamu.edu/policy/02-04.htm
The Texas A&M University System Policy 02.01 1.4 Board of Regents http://sago.tamu.edu/policy/02-01.htm

Texas A&M University System Executive Management Report

http://tamusystem.tamu.edu/documents/pdfs/semr/archives/
2004Q2/ 04_2_TAMIU.pdf
Adobe Acrobat File

Backup Link:

http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/04_2_TAMIU.pdf Adobe Acrobat File

Business Office, Comptroller, Reports, Financial Reports http://www.tamiu.edu/adminis/comptroler/reports.shtml
Certified Minute Order, Approval of Fiscal Year 2005 Operating Budgets http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/cert-minute-order.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
University Bookstore Contract http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/bookstore.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
Food Services Contract http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/foodservice.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
Student Housing Contract http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/housing-agreement.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
Soft Drink Vending Contract http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/coke.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
Snack Vending Contract http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/astro.pdf Adobe Acrobat File
ATM Machine Services Contract http://www.tamiu.edu/archives/nbc-bank.pdf Adobe Acrobat File


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